Jobs With Justice Discussed on America’s Work Force

Deb Kline, director of Cleveland Jobs With Justice spoke with America’s Work Force on May 16 to discuss worker victories.

Cleveland Jobs With Justice

Kline discussed janitors in Ohio victory and receiving a wage increase. Janitors with Service Employees International Union (SEUI) Local 1 had a historic victory where workers ratified a new contract that would lay the groundwork to pave the way to $15 hourly wages. She also talked about the spring celebration for Cleveland Jobs With Justice which will recognize activists who have pushed for change and Jobs With Justice victories over the last year.

United Steel Workers

Pat Gallagher, sub-district director of United Steelworkers District 1 spoke with AWF about the USW’s contract renewal with the Jack Casino. He talked about how the first contract they had signed with the Jack Casino will end on June 19, so they are beginning negotiations for a new contract. Gallagher also discussed the steel and aluminum tariffs on China have created nearly 12,000 jobs in the United States.

Kris LaGrange UCOMM Blog

Kris LaGrange, host of the UCOMM Blog, also spoke with AWF on May 16. LaGrange discussed Delta airlines posting anti-union posters, telling workers they are better off spending their hard earned money on gaming consoles rather than union dues. He also talked about FaceBook content reviewers and how high the turnover for that job is.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed President Trump’s attempts to change the rules on how poverty in calculated.



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Legislature for the People was the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

Communication Workers of America Legislative and Political Director, Shane Larson, spoke about a new piece of legislature that was introduced at the beginning of the year during his time Feb. 12 appearance on America’s Work Force

Communication Workers of AmericaLarson discussed a new piece of legislature called “For the People Act” or H.R. 1 that was introduced in Jan. 2019. H.R. 1 covers big money in politics such as “dark money” and “special interest” money, expanding opportunities for more citizens to be able to participate in future elections. This can be done by making election day a holiday for federal employees and encourages businesses in the private sector to do the same, as well as a wide range of ethical issues. Larson explained that H.R. 1 has been overshadowed and relatively ignored due to the 35 day government shutdown that began in January and is worried that the same thing might happen again with the threat of another government shutdown projected to begin on Feb. 15.

Kris LaGrange UCOMM BlogKris LaGrange, head of UCOMM Communication, spoke about Amazon’s HQ2 in New York City during his time on AWF. He discussed Amazon’s vice president refusal to remain neutral if Amazon’s employees decided they wanted to unionize and how it has created concerns among NYC elected officials. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio responded to that comment, saying that there will be pressure for Amazon to allow their employees to unionize and that he will also contribute to the pressure put on Amazon.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the Denver teachers strike, which is the first strike in Denver in over 25 years, that was influenced by the pay increase and what they want done with their bonuses.



America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

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America’s Work Force Radio Discussion: Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin Threatens Teachers Union

Kris LaGrange, head of UCOMM Communications, discussed Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin threatening the state’s teachers union during his Nov. 29 appearance on America’s Work Force Radio.

Kris LaGrange UCOMM BlogEarlier this year, LaGrange said Gov. Bevin’s called the Kentucky Education Association (KEA) thugs, in response to Kentucky teachers protesting changes to the state’s pension system. He also claimed the protests would lead to an increase in children being sexually abused in the state. LaGrange called Bevin’s remarks inappropriate and unprofessional. On Nov. 14, Bevin spoke to the Kentucky Association of County Officials and said, “… Breaking the backs of the teachers union in this state as the controlling interest in Frankfort is going to be one of the best things that ever happened for Kentucky.” LaGrange also talked about Rep. John Faso (R-N.Y.), who is pressuring the Transportation Department to withhold funds from big projects in New York until the Scaffold Law is repealed.

Jvonne Hubbard White Sheets to Brown BabiesThe second guest on America’s Work Force Radio was Jvonne Hubbard, author of White Sheets to Brown Babies. Hubbard spoke about growing up with a father who was heavily involved in the Ku Klux Klan. Her father was a Grand Dragon and tried to force his lifestyle and hateful activities on her. Hubbard talked about her brave journey, how she separated herself from her father and the Klan and how it shaped her into the strong woman she is today.

Ed “Flash” Ferenc, AWF host, discussed General Motors shuttering their Lordstown, OH plant and the tariffs on China.


America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.